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THE CITY – SHOULD YOU SPRAY TAN? | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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Don’t worry, you already glow and shine, just by wearing your Daily Jocks. But what if you want to deepen and darken that pasty skin of yours, especially when the sun is not at its strongest? Would a spray tan make everything cool, or will it make you look as phony as a three-dollar bill?

It’s not as erotic as it sounds, but spray tanning is a gentle mist that you — or a professional — spray on your skin with an airbrush-type gun. The spray contains an ingredient called Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) that interacts with the chemistry in your skin to turn it tan. It’s considered safe, but it won’t protect you from the sun’s harmful rays.

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The advantages of spray tanning: it’s quick, easy, painless and dries quickly. You really don’t want to bake in the real sun or a tanning bed, do you?

Disadvantages: everybody’s skin chemistry is different, so spray tan results can vary. You may have to experiment a bit with how to get your tan the way you want it. Also, it’s more expensive than most tanning products (as opposed to lying in the sun, which is free). Plus, you have to schlep to the salon every time you are due for a tan (average: every two weeks).

If you decide to go for it, burn these pointers into your mind:

Exfoliate beforehand. Get rid of those dead skin cells that will stand in the way of your glorious spray tan.

Choose a health-minded salon. Check for ventilation fans and signs of good sanitation and hygiene. Make sure you’ll be working with a low-volume, low-pressure machine (LVLP) so that you are not inhaling more spray than your body can handle.

Apply the spray to dry skin. If you spray the tan on wet skin, it will roll right off of you. Always spray dry.

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Also, I am going to assume you’d like to know how long will it last? It actually depends on your DNA and your age. As your cells regenerate, the tan will fade. Usually, the cells of younger people regenerate faster. Your first spray tan, using all the advice above, should give you an idea of how long you can show it off.  The average spray tan lifespan is about two weeks. And there is no maintaining a spray tan with more spray. It’s a one-time job, not welcome to touch-ups or spraying fading spots. Start fresh with your next spray tan.

Don’t forget summer is around the corner!

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PRETTY VULGAR | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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I know that some miss my talks about life and things that have happened to me and what I did to deserve this or if it came right out of left field so I’ll start breaking into more storytimes! Attention must be called to this indie brand that you might know or you might not – they are similar to storybook cosmetics, PRETTY VULGAR is an edgy makeup brand with amazing branding and their beautiful PR is worth a call out alone as attention to details is unbelievable, right now to the wax seal envelope.

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Pretty Vulgar, a vintage-inspired makeup line, was created by a collective flock of cosmetics industry veterans, innovators and makeup artists who wanted to create a brand that embodies the fact that people are beautiful multifaceted contradictions.

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Disclaimer:  Pretty Vulgar was created for real people living real lives; lives that are inspiring, fun, messy, and complex. The faces behind the brand are real people, too. Sometimes, we’ll hit on something extraordinary, and other times, we may make a mistake. Either way, we always strive for transparency. We promise to be honest with you, and, in return, we would love your honesty right back! That’s the only way we can keep giving you the amazing products you deserve!

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BOBBI BROWN – ESSENTIAL 5-IN-1 FACE PALETTE | MAKEUPANDTHECITY™️

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So everyone knows who Bobbi Brown is in the world of makeup, of course.  I remember when I was just starting out as I am a self-taught artist I did own a copy of her book Bobbi Brown MAKEUP MANUAL and it did teach me a lot of little tips and tricks that I use to this date, so I am very happy to say that there will be a future collaboration but IF you know me, you’d know that for so, so long, I have been searching for a travel palette for just complexion and I mean, not blush, slide out shadows, just concealer, powder and maybe a bronzer would be ideal. BOOM Bobbi Brown comes out with my dream palette – almost as if she knew me and many others out there would benefit from this!

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In comes, ➡️ ESSENTIAL 5-IN-1 FACE PALETTE I was so shocked and happy to have open this and not only that but to have the Bobbi Brown personalize five (5) of them for me and, MAKEUPANDTHECITY is just so nice and amazing. See perfect skin in a snap – this all-in-one palette has everything you need to ace your base.

It’s amazing for travel and touch-ups, this coordinated five-in-one face palette contains all the products you need to perfect skin: Corrector to brighten and neutralize under eye discoloration; Creamy Concealer to lighten and even out under eye skin tone; Skin Foundation Stick for a seamless, natural skin-like finish; and Sheer Finish Pressed Powder to set makeup for all-day wear. Plus, there’s Bronzing Powder for a touch of flattering warmth. Sounds good to me! What do you guys think?

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SIDE NOTE ➡️ It’s always better to start with a Corrector to brighten and neutralize under eye discoloration, beginning at the inner corner of eyes where skin tends to be darkest. Layer on Creamy Concealer, gently patting or use a brush to blend the product out. Apply Skin Foundation Stick all over the face, or just where needed. Set makeup with a light dusting of Sheer Finish Pressed Powder; then sweep Bronzer on the high points of the face – cheekbones, forehead, nose, and chin.

WHATS BEING SAID…
➡️ “SO CONVENIENT, SO PERFECT”
➡️ “SUPER HANDY”
➡️ “SIMPLICITY AT ITS BEST!”
➡️ “PLEASE DON’T DISCONTINUE THIS!”

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ON SET WITH ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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It’s been a while, maybe too long I’ve just had so much going on with work, my life and my setting up my new house! I have since worked on some pretty cool photo shoots and sets and love when I can review a brand from a makeup artist (MUA) on set, also it’s a good way to make brand connections and PR lists, today I am going to be talking about the amazing Anastasia Beverly Hills and the some of the top products from my PR and set call ➡️ in most cases, when you get one brand PR e-mail it isn’t long before you end up with 99.8% of brand contacts, or they will contact you.

I’ve loved Anastasia Beverly Hills for brow products for years but to be honest I didn’t really think about the other products within the brand, other then kick ass highlighter glow kits so one (1) of the palettes that I loved was not something completely new or anything but just the way they mixed, and all the tools given and pigmentation is the LIP PALETTE VOL. 1 ➡️ There are eighteen (18) shades within the palette and a large clear from too see them, five (5) of the colors are ‘primary colors’ or the colors that you’d was to use to create any color that you’d like.

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With shades ranging from primaries and neutrals to bold brights. Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Palette to create an endless array of lip looks by mixing and customizing highly pigmented, long-wearing matte shades.

SIDE NOTE ➡️ Includes pro mixing plate and double-ended lip brush and spatula.

Moving on with have to be the A18 brush in their pro category and it would be an Angled Chiseler Brush, with this one (1) brush you are able to achieve so much that you would have used multiple brushes for, its a large, slanted brush with soft natural hair to sculpt and define facial contours or apply powder perfectly under the eyes to set concealer ➡️ this brush is an absolute must-have for makeup lovers or professionals. These brushes are premium natural hair but are completely cruelty-free.

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The new Soft Glam Palette was my go to set palette, the colors were incredible and very blendable but I really didn’t think I would get anything other than amazing quality – there are fourteen (14) essential shades, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eye Shadow Palette is the perfect collection of easy-to-blend, full pigment shadows. I did use primer but some of the finger swatched i did on the back on my wrist indicated that it’s a long-lasting formula, this palette is complete with bronze metallics and iridescent finishes ideal for a nighttime look and neutral mattes for daytime – not to mention that this is one of the most sought-after palettes in the beauty community, almost always sold out.

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DRUG​STORE HITS AND MISS | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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First off I would like to thank RIO PR in Toronto for all of their support and love and for adding me to the PR list! I couldn’t be happier with the company and the wonderful team! Maybelline has been killing the drug store lately and I was one of the bloggers to receive these products before they launched (some are still not out until 02.15.18)  So let’s get right into this HIT AND MISS.

First is MAYBELLINE TATTOOSTUDIO BROW GEL AND TINT which I’m not going to lie this is a massive game changer that even rivals Anastasia Beverly Hills for the companies legendary brow products – I absolutely love the applicator on the end of this product, and it lasts for days as it does have a semi-tint added to the amazing formula. My female friend, Summer, helps me to test eye, lips, and highlighters and she likes to apply this product to the back of her hand and sketch out her outline and then fill in as desired.

This product comes in four (4) shades  BLOND  SOFT BROWN ➡ MEDIUM BROWN AND DARK BROWN and it sells for $15.00CAD at any drugstore and Ulta of course!

Fill and color your eyebrows with this ultra-resistant and waterproof eyebrow gel. The sculpting tip and eyebrow spoolie brush work together to create fuller-looking eyebrows that last for days. Smudge-proof. Does not transfer. 98% saw fuller and thicker eyebrows, 93% saw gel does not transfer, and 88% would recommend to a friend.

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SET TIP ➡ use two shade one lighter and one darker within your personal tone range and apply the lighter shade to the front of the of the brow then adding the darker shade to finish off the tail end of the brow and blend where the lighter shade meets the darker shade for ombre brows that will always get compliments!

LIP STUDIO Python Lip Kits again, in my eyes another game changer for the lips because let’s face it there is only so much that companies can do, well Maybelline Lip Studio Python Metallic Lip Kits feature duos in gorgeous lip colors and prismatic lip powders. It’s lip artistry made easy! Take on the hottest beauty trend with Maybelline’s metallic lip kit. Make an impact in chromatic lip color with a python effect.

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 The powder topper to the lipstick can also double as a beautiful eyeshadow!

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UPDATES / WHAT’S NEW AND MAKEUP | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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Wow, it’s been forever eh? So much has happened from me breaking my arm and wrist which left me completely out of commission with so many launches lately – Tarte SHAPETAPE foundation which was, more of a miss than a hit to me but we will get into that later, illamasqua veils, – I do just want to say thank you so much to everyone wow reached out for the NARS BLACK CARDS I was more than happy to do that for you guys of course! Which also bring me to a little partnership with illamasqua I was sent 100 little kits from illamasqua for you guys! it includes five (5) products and a wonderful makeup bag – three products being full size and they are

– MINI HYDRA VEIL
– PRECISION GEL LINER
(FULL)
– GEL SCULPT
– LIPSTICK
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– SKIN BASE LIFT CONCEALER 
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All you have to do is smash that follow button and comment where in the world I am sending it! OG makeupandthecity kids front of the line! So my house is almost done also, I’m actually in my office/PR room/studio – I’m so excited for everyone to see whats coming very, very soon – my website is almost ready to launch which is amazing and I couldn’t be more proud of what I’ve made and what it’s done for me.

So that’s just a little update and whats been happening today for review I’m going to be talking about the amazing illamasqua veil primers because being a UK company not a lot of people are able to experience the company.

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HYDRA VEIL PRIMER

Part hydrator, part primer, Hydra Veil instantly hydrates and smooths skin through a self-leveling, futuristic clear gel. Microalgae, Vitamin C and B3 work together to help maintain skins hydration levels, creating a healthy looking, balanced finish. Plant extracts also provide a calming and refreshing feeling, leaving skin fully prepped to apply your chosen foundation.

MATTE VEIL PRIMER

An oil control primer, Matte Veil preps the skin to create the perfect matte base for make-up application. It’s mattifying cream-gel formula absorbs excess oil whilst retaining the skin`s natural moisture levels, providing a silky, soft finish. Enhancing make-up longevity, Matte Veil also controls shine throughout the day and into the evening, keeping skin feeling healthy and balanced.

BEYOND VEIL PRIMER

Beyond Veil is an exhilarating partnership between two of Illamasqua’s iconic products: the intensely moisturizing Hydra Veil and the metallic, illuminating Beyond Powder.

The new unique, light-weight gel formula instantly rehydrates skin to give a natural, glowing finish where the skin appears illuminated from within.

Formulated with multi-active ingredients, gardenia Florida fruit extract and sodium hyaluronate help skin to retain a youthful look whilst haematococcus pluvais extract and vitamin C help to improve skin elasticity and brightness.

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